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U.S. History (Part 1): From Pilgrims to Patton

A 4-week course exploring American history from colonial settlements to World War II.
Nelson Vargas, J.D. Professor
294 total reviews for this teacher
22 reviews for this class
Completed by 76 learners
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Originally from Puerto Rico, I grew up in the low-income housing projects of New York City. I have worked in law for over 20 years. This includes experience as a refugee officer in Africa and South East Asia. 

As required by Outschool regarding I have significant expertise in conflict resolution and mediation. I have received mediation training as part of my legal degree and receive continuing education training in both mediation and conflict resolution to retain my legal licensure. I have participated in several mediations and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. I have provided training in conflict resolution and de-escalation at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. In 2020 I co-taught a class on mediation at the Univerity of Maryland, School of Social Work.   
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Sources for the class include:

* Source material such as the US Constitution, Federalist Papers, and documents from the U.S. National Archive, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services resource library, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. 
* American Memory collection - historical collections for the National Digital Library, at the Library of Congress. 
* History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web. (n.d.). Retrieved January 08, 2021, from
* Edward Ball, Retracing Slavery’s Trail of Tears. Smithsonian, 2015.
* Immigration to the United States, 1851-1900: Rise of Industrial America, 1876-1900. U.S. History Primary Source Timeline: Classroom Materials at the Library of Congress. Library of Congress. 


Nelson Vargas, J.D. Professor
Lives in the United States
Law, social studies, history, and civics teacher
294 total reviews
440 completed classes

About Me

I am a judge, former federal prosecutor, policy counsel, and college and law school professor. My bachelor's degree is from the State University of New York at Albany in Political Science and History, with a minor in Economics. I also earned a... 
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